About Me

                Hello, my name is Mr. Smith.  This is my twenty-eighth year of teaching and my twenty-second at Oak Park Elementary.  I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  I moved to California in 1997 to teach at Oak Park Elementary.  My favorite activities are reading, Jiu Jitsu, and riding my bike.

                This summer I completed my third year of Jiu Jitsu.  It has been a challenging and exciting time developing my Jiu Jitsu techniques.  In June, I went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Ocean City, New Jersey.  I had a great time visiting my family.  Here are a few of the highlights:  While in Philly, I enjoyed quite a few Philly cheese steaks and hoagies.  (They were delicious, but I had to make sure and get plenty of exercise to burn off all of those extra calories!)  While in Ocean City, I had a great time playing at the beach. The Atlantic Ocean was a bit chilly and I had a great time riding the waves with my nephews.  Back in California, I also was able to get to the beach a few times.  The Pacific Ocean was even cooler than the Atlantic, but I still had a great time splashing around.  The last couple of weeks was spent preparing for the new school year.   Throughout the summer I read many teaching books.  I can’t wait to share what I learned with you!